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Update your Shield's Plex Media Server app through the Play Store to get it working again

Update your Shield's Plex Media Server app through the Play Store to get it working again

One of the NVIDIA SHIELD's most impressive capabilities is running a Plex media server, something that isn't usually possible on a streaming set-top box. But some users have had issues with it for the last couple of months, complaining that a lack of updates has broken their home-built video streaming server. There's a straightforward solution: update the Plex server app on the Play Store, since the server won't update itself automatically.

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Samsung is killing the SmartThings Link for NVIDIA Shield

Samsung is killing the SmartThings Link for NVIDIA Shield

Samsung is transitioning to a next-gen platform for its SmartThings smart home system. Unfortunately, that means that a lot of the old hardware isn't going to work ...which includes the SmartThings Link USB dongle that lets it integrate with the Nvidia Shield. Samsung made the announcement about shifting support last year, and now we learn it's formally ending things for the Link effective June 30th.

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Nvidia Shield TV can now use PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

Nvidia Shield TV can now use PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S controllers

The Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 started arriving on store shelves a few months ago, but both consoles have been incredibly difficult to find. If you've been lucky enough to score one, or you just have the controllers, here's some extra good news — you can now use your shiny new controller with Nvidia's Android TV boxes.

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Pick up Nvidia's 4K Shield TV Pro for just $180 from Amazon ($20 off)

Pick up Nvidia's 4K Shield TV Pro for just $180 from Amazon ($20 off)

Your TV is only as good as the streaming dongle attached or built into it. NVIDIA's Shield TV Pro is a great way to upgrade your current setup. It comes with plenty of essential features like Chromecast support and Assistant integration, as well as premium extras such as 4K AI Upscaling and Dolby Vision. Normally retailing for $199.99, Amazon currently has the streaming device on sale for $179.99 — a cool $20 discount.

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Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

Play Store gets a minor interface revamp on Android TV

About a year ago, Google started rolling out a more graphical interface for the Play Store on Android TV with focus on content discovery, larger thumbnails, interactive backgrounds, and a modern design. Now, with the new Chromecast having launched with a new Google TV UI, that Play Store is starting to look slightly dated. To keep it fresh, Google is rolling out a minor revamp with a new toolbar, new icons, and some shuffled screens.

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Nvidia updates the Shield TV with AI upscaling fixes, stability improvements, and more

Nvidia updates the Shield TV with AI upscaling fixes, stability improvements, and more

Google TV may be the hot new thing, but Nvidia's Shield TV is still one of the most popular Android TV devices out there. We called it the best Android TV box at the time of release, and it's getting even better thanks to a new update rolling out now.

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro gets AI upscaling to improve GeForce Now and GameStream graphics (APK Download)

Nvidia Shield TV Pro gets AI upscaling to improve GeForce Now and GameStream graphics (APK Download)

We live in a great age for video games where a lot of new stuff's pretty good and all the greats of yore are being remastered for our shiny 4K TVs. But say you're taking advantage of cloud-streamed games and you're really looking for that extra punch of detail? Perhaps it's best to own last year's Nvidia Shield TV Pro — the complementary Nvidia Games app has been updated to enable AI upscaling on the company's GeForce Now and GameStream platforms.

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Chromecast audio streams can now play in the background on Android TV (APK download)

Chromecast audio streams can now play in the background on Android TV (APK download)

Earlier this month, an update to the Chromecast built-in app on Android TV finally brought with it speaker grouping, but it was removed soon after. It turns out this update introduced another feature that went unnoticed until 9to5Google spotted it: Chromecast audio streams no longer need to remain in the foreground to keep playing, they now support background playback.

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The new Nvidia Shield TV stick is on sale for $130, $20 off (Update: More stores)

The new Nvidia Shield TV stick is on sale for $130, $20 off (Update: More stores)

Nvidia released two new Shield TV devices late last year: a sequel to the existing Shield set-top box, and a new slightly-cheaper streaming stick. The latter usually costs $150, but it has already gone on sale for $130 once. If you missed out on that deal, here's another chance to get the new stick at a lower price.

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LineageOS drops support for Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and 14 other Oreo devices

LineageOS drops support for Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and 14 other Oreo devices

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, boasting support for dozens of popular phones. While most new development in the past year has focused on bringing Android 9 Pie to new devices, Lineage has continued to offer an Oreo ROM for older phones, but that option is sadly going away.

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